worthy test of our "Ultra" processors & speaker setups!!
Besides the jaw dropping bass (my wife at one point thought we had another earthquake - no kidding, since we just had one here in Southern Cal), did anyone notice this overhead flies sequence at 1:21:16? Right after Sandra Bullock surfaced from underwater, at 1:21:16, first a fly buzzing *directly* over audience right side, then over audience left rear, then it flies towards the screen where you now see it on screen! In the mean time, space ship debris racing right to left in the sky. Wow what an audio treat! I love the effort and talent of movie sound engineers!
The "overhead flies" sequence is THE most distinct overhead sound maneuver that I have ever heard, and of note, much more pleasing in 7:1 setup than in 5:1 setup, as the 7:1 setup makes the effect more distinctly in mid air above us in my system, pulls sound effect rearward, and expands soundstage, from besides audience to both besides and directly behind audience. Very spooky and my family all laughed incredulously when I pointed out they had just heard the flies overhead.
If you are at 5.1, I highly recommend it that you give 7.1 expansion a try. Even using cheap B&W in-ceiling speakers (1200/pair), I have been able to expand my system to 7.1 and dramatically change the soundscape.
I also have never had my chair vibrate so much in a movie LOL. In fact the whole floor was vibrating. From crystal clear conversation, to jaw dropping bass, to spectacular sound effects, yes, all the audiophile engineers have abandoned music for the theaters! :-)
Looking back, this thread should be renamed THE ULTIMATE OFF-TOPIC THREAD
for all the off topic stuffs here :-). Feel free to add; anything goes.
LIST OF DEMO WORTHY MATERIAL:
Over the years, many favorites but below are the ones I use over and over to demo the powerful and clean sound of my Theta Casablanca:
Super 8 - opening train wreck sequence: bombastic, frightening, makes my audience duck the flying debris. Among my all time favorite.
Gravity: unbelievable deep bass throughout movie, spectacular visual that's well coordinated with sound effect.
Chicago - Cell Block Tango: Musical, physical (Not the sound, the dancers :-). I love watching how powerful and beautiful the young dancers are., smooth mid-range and treble, transparent and layered soundstage. This is my "music" demo.
Gladiator - opening sequence: remains one of the most hair-raising movie openings. Can't take my eyes off Richard Harris's acting. This is the young and sitll good Russell Crowe.
Roy Orbison's Black and White Night: my all time favorite concert DVD. A once in a lifetime performance, fortunately recorded by an audiophile. Smooth & natural, of course not the level of my vinyl but as good as it gets for a digitally recorded concert.
Scene of the vibration :-):